How Amy Schumer Became Hollywood’s Unlikeliest IT Girl

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For the past few months it seems as though you can’t go on the internet without a minimum of 4 headlines about Amy Schumer popping up.

Between her amazing sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, her red-carpet antics (can photo-falling be the new planking please?), and her upcoming movie Trainwreck, Amy is—to be frank—straight up killin’ it.

Amy first came to the public’s attention on the fifth season of Last Comic Standing, where she finished in fourth place despite the fact that she had only been doing stand-up for about two years; a huge feat considering most comedians struggle for upwards of 10 years before finding an audience.

She initially wanted to be an actress, and it’s just now that she’s really starting to flex that acting muscle.

The newest season of Inside Amy Schumer has really honed its voice, showing how satire can truly be an art-form if done properly.

Amy Schumer at the Golden Globe Awards

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And it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that she’s risen to the top, as the topics she skewers in her comedy are so relatable. She loves taking apart and dissecting gender relations, showing the absurd way women and men sometimes interact, and even how silly women can be when speaking to each other (Season One’s sketch “Compliments” is my personal favorite).

She’s also not afraid to criticize the media, focusing a lot of this season’s sketches on the way the media treats women (check out “Last F*ckable Day” featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Patricia Arquette and Tina Fey if you haven’t already).

Inside Amy Schumer dedicated an entire episode to putting Amy on trial, having 12 jury members debate whether or not she was even hot enough to be on television, in a hilarious parody of the classic film 12 Angry Men. Many critics and fellow comedians have heralded “12 Angry Men” as the best episode of television so far this year, and I have to agree.

Overall, Amy Schumer is not afraid to be different. She’s not afraid to be silly in front of the entire world, and she doesn’t hesitate to make things personal and take on topics that other people won’t touch with a ten foot pole—especially topics that focus on women. She’s making comedy about women, but for everyone. Amy Schumer is breaking the mold of what it means to be a female in Hollywood with mass appeal, and we’re loving every minute of it.

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